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Sunday, March 24, 2013

I don’t know who she was. I’ll never know who she was. But I will always remember her.

There we were, 3.75 miles into a 4 mile race. She was younger than 50, so not my competition as far as age group goes. And she was right in front of me as we turned the curve to the finish line. I picked up my pace a little; I wanted to sprint over that line, but I was pretty much at my limit.

Still, I managed to pass her. Barely. I felt her pick up her pace. I tried to do likewise, but there was nothing in reserve. I was falling behind. And then it happened : she slowed down. Not much. Just enough to stay right beside me. No words were spoken. None were needed. The encouragement, the c’mon! c’mon! was there in the act. She kept that pace until three paces before the first line, then she pulled away.

“GO!” I yelled! “Go, go, go!”

And she did.

Because of her, I was able to shave 21 seconds off my time from last year’s race. Because of her, I was able to push myself beyond what I thought I could. Because of her, I am reminded of the goodness of humankind.

It was just a little sacrifice. But it was made for me. And I will remember that always.
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    Those who compete in spirit win in spirit,but those who only want to race for the prize aim to win it! But the glory only goes to those who not only compete but finish the race, ....first win tat prize! And those who finish feel the satisfaction of it! Even though they did not win a prize still win! But only the race that is done for G*d are the real winners when there are so many who dont see the real prize... is in completing what they start! They win with full glory!susana
    1755 days ago
  • LADYBUG1943
    Those moments of silent communication (especially with a stranger) are the mountains of life. Love this post.

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    DeAnne, Missourians Team
    1799 days ago
    Great story!
    1799 days ago
  • COOP9002
    Always good to hear these kind of stories.
    1799 days ago
    O thanks for sharing. How wonderful!!!
    1799 days ago
  • LYNNA1968
    Nice job shaving time, there are some good ones out there & your support was appreciated also. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1799 days ago
  • SCOOTER4263
    Kinda restores your faith in mankind. It's funny - we all commit to these huge, world changing goals so easily, when the best way to make the world a better place may be just to think about and then act on these little every day opportunities to make someone's life brighter.

    I remember one time when I was trying to snag something for supper at the grocery after a long day for everyone. I had a toddler and a baby in tow, and neither one was cooperating with anything. An older woman walked up, smiled sympathetically, and said, "Don't worry - it doesn't last forever. It just seems like it might." My perspective was restored instantly. emoticon
    1799 days ago
    Nice! good to hear she was that giving and you ran better! emoticon
    1799 days ago
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